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Suicide painkiller withdrawn

By Sam Lister

Popular drug taken off shelves after overdoses and accidents


ONE of Britain’s most commonly used drugs is to be withdrawn over concerns about the high risk of accidental death from slight overdose and its frequent use in suicides, The Times has learnt.

Co-proxamol, prescribed to hundreds of thousands of Britons every year, is to be the subject of a staggered withdrawal because of evidence that it can cause death if patients exceed the maximum recommended dosage by as little as two tablets.